By now, the Aaron Rodgers to Denver Broncos talk has been the biggest rumor of the offseason. Things have heated up, and then simmered down a couple of times since this whole thing started. Now, there’s another quarterback whose name is out there as an option.
That quarterback is none other than Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew.
In Bleacher Report’s recent article, “1 Trade Each Team Should Offer Before 2021 Training Camp Starts,” Chris Rolling has the following trades for the Denver Broncos:
First of all, that would be an absolute steal for the Broncos. There’s no reason that the team should not do this. However, the Packers would demand more for the MVP quarterback.
It would probably cost the Broncos at least three first-round picks plus more, including a player or two, to land Rodgers.
We have touched on the Rodgers subject many times here at Predominantly Orange. It’s a move that would instantly make the Denver Broncos Super Bowl favorites.
With that out of the way, Bleacher Report proposed another trade that involved the Broncos:
The Jaguars had Gardner Minshew as their starter for 20 of his 23 games played. That changed, however, when they used the first overall selection on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence to be their future.
Minshew would not necessarily be a bad quarterback to trade for. On one hand, if key players such as Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy on offense, as well as Von Miller and Justin Simmons on defense, stay healthy, the Broncos won’t need a superstar at quarterback.
Minshew would be a lot cheaper of an option for the Broncos than Rodgers would be. While Minshew is nowhere near Rodgers’ level, maybe it is something the team could explore.
However, a second-round pick is awfully high for the Jaguars quarterback. The highest pick the team should consider is a fifth-rounder.
Minshew has not been on a winning team since he arrived as a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by Jacksonville. That doesn’t mean that a change of scenery would do nothing to help him be successful. The Broncos have a very solid skill player group with Melvin Gordon, Javonte Williams at running back, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, and Jerry Jeudy and wide receiver, and Noah Fant at tight end.
Before the Broncos even lean toward trading for Minshew, they will have to decide whether or not he is better than what they already have in Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. We know that stats aren’t everything, but even on a team that has won seven games over the last two seasons, Minshew has been pretty good.
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He has completed 62.9 percent of his passes (501-of-797) for 5,530 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. That includes his rookie year in which he threw for over 3,000 yards and had a 21-6 touchdown to interception ratio.